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Livable Buckhead forms sustainability committee

Livable Buckhead and more than 30 leaders have collaborated to create a sustainability plan for Buckhead, developing a hyperlocal course of action that dovetails with city, state, national and even global efforts to improve sustainability, according to a press release.

The Buckhead Strategic Sustainability Action Plan establishes ambitious goals designed to accelerate Buckhead’s environmental, economic and social sustainability over the next three years.

The plan is being released just months after United Nations climate scientists issued a report warning that significant greenhouse gas emissions reduction is required within the next dozen years to prevent the worst effects of climate change. The Buckhead sustainability plan is aligned with 29 of the targets outlined within the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, and will be a model for hyperlocal implementation of strategies that improve sustainability at the community level while contributing to global efforts to combat climate change.

The Buckhead Strategic Sustainability Action Plan outlines implementation approaches in eight areas: water, health and wellness, greenspace, energy, waste, culture of sustainability, mobility, and arts and culture. Goals encompass a broad range of programs and activities, including placing an electric vehicle charger within a mile of everyone in Buckhead, making PATH400 energy net positive by adding renewable energy infrastructure, and creating incentives to encourage the development of housing that is affordable for the local workforce.

The Buckhead Strategic Sustainability Action Plan also dovetails with the City of Atlanta’s work to improve its resilience as part of the 100 Resilient Cities Network.

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“As a core partner in the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, Livable Buckhead has played a pivotal role in advancing energy efficiency in Atlanta’s commercial building sector, reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the region and ensuring a cleaner, healthier environment for all Atlantans,” said Amol Naik, City of Atlanta Chief Resilience Officer. “We are extremely proud of the changes Livable Buckhead is making and we hope this strategy will serve as a guide to more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive neighborhoods and businesses in Buckhead.”

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